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Checkmate

Hall of Fame
Subtle tank this one, methinks. Reminds me of loss to Vesely in MC 2016. Let's hope for the same epilogue.
Better if he tanks in QF. Save the fuel for the grass where his flat shots will be rewarded handsomely.

You all know, Rafa's million RPM will be a very ugly sight against the current Djokovic. Don't think a defeat to Thiem/Stefanos/Zverev does well for the confidence as well.
 

Lumber

Rookie
New species of capybarra named after tennis ace Rafael Nadal
Researchers from Brazil found the new species, slightly larger than the regular capybarra, in a remote part of the Brazilian jungle in March 2021. The species has been named "El Capybarra Nadalito Espectacular".
www.thetimes.co.uk
 
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Tennis_Freak99

Hall of Fame
It has gotten so complicated that I now only half-heartedly figure these things out now. I will say that I still think Nadal is the biggest threat to Nole maintaining no. 1 and being No. 1 at the end of the year. Nadal has never won the YE no 1 without winning 2 majors and I don't think he is doing that ever again since the USO has changed to a faster court.

While we were a bit disappointed with Djokovic's play at MC, he is probably rusty. I think he will win Belgrade and pick up 250 ATP points. Nadal at Barcelona will be hard since the field is harder.

One thing I predicted is that Djokovic may keep the no. 1 weeks going a lot longer than people expect because 1) Nadal is also focusing on the majors; and 2) since the next gen and next next gen are splitting the points. It is actually good for Nole for Medvedev to do well at ATP Cup and AO, then Rublev to win a lot of 500s and get to the final at MC, and then Tsitsipas to win MC. Djokovic can stay ahead by winning 2 majors and doing well in the hardcourt season on 1000s.
 
I should also add that Nadal is way down the list of points so far for 2021 and did himself no favors by losing early in his favorite 1000. He is vulnerable and if he say were to get both Rublev and Tsitsipas in his draw at the FO, then he could lose early. The ********* acting as if he is invincible are whistling past the graveyard. He does not seem to have the same level of stamina. In his third set against Rublev, he was bent over after a long point. I have never seen him do that before. His biggest advantage is that he seldom loses a set at RG and so he finishes quickly. But if he get a 4 setter or two before the sf of f, he is definitely vulnerable and if he does not win the FO, he may not be in the final 8. Then Nole is almost guaranteed to finish no. 1 if he plays his usual steady game at the bigger tournaments and slams (and no DFs!).
 

Shaj

Rookie
Have a feeling he is again in those mediocre stages ..very good by 90 % of the players standards but mediocre by his own..

I am afraid he will wake up when a certain Russian or a Spaniard is at the top of the rankings..
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Have a feeling he is again in those mediocre stages ..very good by 90 % of the players standards but mediocre by his own..

I am afraid he will wake up when a certain Russian or a Spaniard is at the top of the rankings..
His goal is slams, he is wide awake, what he will not do is go the extra mile in non-slam events like he did in the past.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
His goal is slams, he is wide awake, what he will not do is go the extra mile in non-slam events like he did in the past.
He has won everything important there is to win in tennis. Some might say Olympics is important but more so in a patriotic sense. Every big title in tennis that is played every year, Djokovic has won. Now it's only about reaching 20 Slams and beyond for him. He is trying to conserve what's left for these events.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
He has won everything important there is to win in tennis. Some might say Olympics is important but more so in a patriotic sense. Every big title in tennis that is played every year, Djokovic has won. Now it's only about reaching 20 Slams and beyond for him. He is trying to conserve what's left for these events.
Exactly, that is all that is left for him, and he's got a couple of years left him to get that record. If he manages to pick at least one more this year, then he will seeing the finish line and will likely focus on this goal even more than before.
 

Milanez82

Professional
He has won everything important there is to win in tennis. Some might say Olympics is important but more so in a patriotic sense. Every big title in tennis that is played every year, Djokovic has won. Now it's only about reaching 20 Slams and beyond for him. He is trying to conserve what's left for these events.
That gold for his country is at the top of his goals, would bring some huge celebrations and homecoming party
Th
 

Shaj

Rookie
Goran is.looking more and more useless..Is not challenging intellectually Novak at all..blaberring useless statements.in between..

Atleast Becker used to keep Novak in "check" and keep him grounded at all times..

After Wawarinka match at 2015,I remember Becker saying in Public that Novak just wanted the RG to be handed over to him instead of fighting for it..

What is Goran bringing to the table?
 

N01E

Hall of Fame
Goran is.looking more and more useless..Is not challenging intellectually Novak at all..blaberring useless statements.in between..

Atleast Becker used to keep Novak in "check" and keep him grounded at all times..

After Wawarinka match at 2015,I remember Becker saying in Public that Novak just wanted the RG to be handed over to him instead of fighting for it..

What is Goran bringing to the table?
You do realize that a coach isn't PR manager? His job isn't about giving press statements. We just saw what he did during AO...
 
Great preparation. Will win RG.
To be honest Rafa is the the top favorite to win RG, the way he strikes the ball and how he moves. Only his back problems are holding him back. Novak is in the process to raise his fitness level for the clay.
I only dislike his movement in his asic shoes on clay. He is slipping to much when he needs to accelerate. It didn't happen when he wore adidas sneakers.
 
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